Taking a Break from Business

Posted by Loretta Davis on

Dear N+F friends. It's time to make an announcement. This might be a little long, but I feel it's important to communicate with you all. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—
A lot of change has occurred in my life over the past year, as I'm sure it's occurred in many people's lives. I've had family members battle health issues (some minor, some major), emotional obstacles have happened as well as physical. We've packed up our lives and returned to our homestate of QLD which has been an amazing experience and we are well and truly settled in our new home. โค
I've been doing a lot of internal reflecting of late, and have found it really hard to keep up with N+F. It's come to the point where I've needed to make some decisions, and so for now, I choose to "Pause". ๐Ÿงก
From the end of September, N+F will be taking a break from making kits, taking orders and functioning as a business. I'll be taking the rest of the year after that to consider what I want the future of N+F to look like. ๐Ÿ’›
I think it's really important for me to let you know that N+F might close. I'm leaning heavily in that direction already, and I hate to disappoint, But as the maker and the owner, at the end of the day I answer to myself (and then my family and responsibilities also... of course!). ๐Ÿ’š
It is possible kits may continue in some shape or format, but I doubt I will be doing the selling. If they do continue, I may make a few kits here and there and ship off to another retailer to sell. This is a *small* possibility though, I'll be honest. ๐Ÿ’™
It comes down to life's most elusive gift: time. I work five days a week, I'm busy saving for our first home, exploring our new home area, spending time with family (which we haven't really been able to do much of for over a decade). There's just a lot happening and N+F has unfortunately been squished into the background and it's been quite stressful to manage. ๐Ÿ’œ
I'm so grateful to have had the chance to run a super sucessful business for the past 6 years. My customers have been the most amazing people, and I've rarely had an issue I've had to manage. I've met some of the most hardworking and lovely small business owners, handmakers, event organisers, Early Childhood people and more. ๐ŸคŽ
The best thing is that N+F has never been about money. It's been about making things that bring people JOY. I hope that I've accomplished my mission, I know that N+F has brought me SO much joy, except for tax time and doing all that math.... HAHA! ๐Ÿ–ค
So for now, it's important for you all to know, that what is available online is what is available. I won't be doing any restocks. I have stock set aside for our Sydney Market at the end of September, but it will be less stock than I normally have (and some kits can sell out within the first half an hour). If there is something that you're after, I encourage you to buy it NOW, while you can. I won't be doing any 'closing down sales' or anything like that, prices will remain the same throughout this whole process. ๐Ÿ’–
Thanks for reading my essay, so sorry it was so long, but I wanted to be open and honest. Thank you for all of your support, love, shares, purchases and chats. Honestly, it's been amazing. ๐Ÿ’ž
So from September, it will be time for me to rest.
xx L

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